• the realistic portrayal of mental illness (!!!!) (“Sexy French Depression” + so much more)
• feminism/female empowerment
• the deconstruction of the idea that a relationship can cure you/make you whole
• female friendships !!! that are realistic about the ups and downs in the friendships!! with each side friend having their own purpose, personality, and storyline aka not just an empty plot ploy
• other friendships !!! Darryl is a sweetheart and an angel and “You’re my best friend (But I know I’m not yours)” is so :’) and Josh’s friend group!!! diverse group of male friends who accept and support one another (except when one is understandably being an asshole)
• the acknowledgment of unhealthy/toxic relationships! between Greg/Rebecca, Rebecca/Paula, and even Darryl and Maya!!
• no biphobia here folks !!!! exploration and acceptance of sexuality !!! and the acceptance of their newfound sexuality by everyone around them!! (the iconic “I’m Gettin’ Bi”)
• other topics addressed in the show: divorce/marital issues, abortion, alcoholism (as things the characters go through, struggle with, and eventually overcome)
• the musical numbers are clever and perfect and fantastic pls if that’s the aspect that’s steering you away, pls give it a try you won’t be disappointed!!
She had dreamt that she was little, still sharing a bedchamber with her sister Arya. - ASOS, Sansa VII
It made Jon remember cold nights long ago at Winterfell, when he’d shared a bed with his brothers. - ACOK, Jon VI
I am Sansa Stark, Lord Eddard’s daughter and Lady Catelyn’s, the blood of Winterfell. - AFFC, Sansa I
He was the blood of Winterfell, a man of the Night’s Watch. - ASOS, Jon VI
She had last seen snow the day she’d left Winterfell. That was a lighter fall than this, she remembered. Robb had melting flakes in his hair when he hugged me, and the snowball Arya tried to make kept coming apart in her hands.- ASOS, Sansa VII
The cold trickles on his face reminded Jon of the day he’d bid farewell to Robb at Winterfell, never knowing that it was for the last time. - ADWD, Jon II
He thought of Robb, with snowflakes melting in his hair.- ADWD, Jon XIII
In the songs, they were called the black knights of the Wall. - AGOT, Sansa III
A day came when it no longer made sense for the knights of Castle Black to dine apart. - ADWD, Jon XIII
“Did Mance ever sing of Brave Danny Flint?” “Not as I recall. Who was he?” “A girl who dressed up like a boy to take the black. Her song is sad and pretty. What happened to her wasn’t.” In some versions of the song, her ghost still walked the Nightfort. - ADWD, Jon XII
For those who remained, a singer was brought forth to fill the hall with the sweet music of the high harp. He sang of Jonquil and Florian, of Prince Aemon the Dragonknight and his love for his brother’s queen, of Nymeria’s ten thousand ships. They were beautiful songs, but terribly sad. Several of the women began to weep, and Sansa felt her own eyes growing moist. - ACOK, Sansa IV
“Even though the author has stated that he is writing an arc for Jaime that explores redemption, since we know that his final act will be the ragey jealous murder of his sister, the author is incorrect.”
Valonqar disease strikes again. This circular fucking logic. “Being the valonqar means Jaime’s role in this unfinished story is already known, so literally every shred of actual text evidence must be evaluated from this assumption.”
What this means is that Jaime can never be seen as someone who might be healing, might be on some interesting path and might do something unexpected, might someday do exactly what the increasingly believable season seven spoilers say he’s going to do. Valonqar disease means we must justify anything he is currently doing or might do in the future by asking, “Will this make up for the fact that he’s going to murder his sister in a jealous rage?” And of course, the answer is always going to be no. Thus, Jaime is entirely shut down, undiscussable.
You know what’s particularly frustrating? I began reading this series a few months prior to the publication of ASOS in 2000. I was in grad school at FSU, so November 2000 means three things to me: being unable to navigate the media horde around the Capitol building in Tallahassee, the epic one-two punch of Fool for Love and Darla airing back to back, and the Red Wedding sinking my hoped-for Jaime/Catelyn flirtation.
After ASOS was published I watched real time as discussions about Jaime became more interesting. It was great, people actually discussed the weirwood dream at length. You can’t get anyone to even glance at that episode these days. Even now that we have confirmation that Jaime killing Aerys has appeared in Bran’s visions, you know? That was an old theory, that Bran had sent that dream, and other dreams experienced close to weirwood, like when Theon is sleeping in Ned’s bed. You’d think The Door would’ve caused some re-examination there, but nope. Why would Bran need to see Jaime taking that action? I mean, Jaime is the valonqar, so it must not mean anything at all. They just needed to pad out the vision so they wrote and shot a whole thing with Aerys and burn them all, it’s random, shh, don’t talk about it.
And then I watched them slowly shut down after AFFC - which is my fave book by far - until sometime over the past five years, fandom decided Jaime was not discussable at all, because we know he’s the valonqar. People were still able to talk about the character before the show began, but for whatever reason, even the show leaving it out entirely just made folks double down. The absence of valonqar somehow makes it even MORE undeniable, you see! It is baffling.
Take it from me: discourse was not improved by the decision that Jaime cannot be discussed as anything other than the valonqar.
Why didn't the Mountain Clansmen haul their asses over to help the Watch in ASOS ? Had the wildlings broken through, their lands would have been affected first. Plus almost all their warriors were still in the North.
Because A. Ironborn invasion, and B. no Stark in Winterfell to mobilize.